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Men Who Tried To Extort Poker Pro Joe Sebok Sentenced

Sebok Says Scheme 'Damaged His Reputation'

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The Associated Press Reported that two men were sentenced to jail for hacking into the email accounts of pro poker players — most notably Joe Sebok — and using naked pictures and other private information to try to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Tyler Schrier, 23, was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison and Keith James Hudson, 39, was sentenced to two years. The case was dubbed a “sextortion” scheme.

According to the AP: “Armed with intimate emails and photos, Schrier threatened to make them public unless Sebok and other victims paid hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Schrier ended up sending a nude photo of Sebok to about 100 people.

Sebok spoke during sentencing Monday, saying the victims of the defendants had “their lives altered and shattered in irreparable ways.” According to the AP, “Sebok said the photos caused him to lose work representing brands in the poker industry, and damaged his reputation moving forward.”

“In short, I was no longer able to maintain my then-current level of participation in the poker industry, representing the brands that I had been previously, as well as greatly destroying my ability to do so with new companies moving forward,” Sebok said, according to Reuters.

Sebok is the son of poker legend Barry Greenstein. Sebok has close to $2 million in tournament earnings. He once represented Ultimate Bet, a site which closed down in the wake of Black Friday and never repaid its customers.

 
 
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bigvert
almost 8 years ago

Let's see, he represented a site that had huge scandals, didn't repay customers and never spoke out about it at all. And NOW his financial situation has been impacted negatively.......can you say Karma.

 
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Staphylococcus
almost 8 years ago

I heard Joe speak out about the UB scandal numerous times on numerous podcasts.

 
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Jamal
almost 8 years ago

joe was out after the whole cheating scandal this article is incorrect

 
 

pokertruth
almost 8 years ago

LET'S FACE IT. THE LAS VEGAS POKER PROS THAT RAN AND CONTROLLED POKER OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS ARE OUT OF POWER IF NOT BROKE. THANK YOU FOR THE NEW GENERATION OF PROS FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE. POKER WILL NOW BE SOMEWHAT MORE DEMOCRATIC AND CLEAN ABSENT THE PRIOR PROS THAT MONOPOLIZED AND TAINTED POKER.

 
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Roberta77
almost 8 years ago

Karma sebok.karma,

 
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